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Devon and Cornwall road deaths spike

Recent years have seen many initiatives across the UK to improve road safety to reduce deaths and serious injury, which makes the figures for Devon and Cornwall for August particularly surprising. Authorities have said that in August 2021 more than 20 people died on Cornwall’s roads, where the average is...

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Law change to allow some bereaved partners to receive compensation

Important update for cohabiting couples following a bereavement A claim for compensation is rarely at the forefront of a person’s mind following the death of a friend, partner or relative. However, if a legal claim is to be brought, it can include a claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate...

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Prevention is indeed better than cure…

The Public Policy Research think tank, IPPR, has published a timely report (coming ahead of APIL’s Injury Prevention Week) calling for the UK Government to act on the renewed focus on public health to inform the public on the role of injury prevention in public heath, both physical and mental,...

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Do your part to help everyone stay safe | Injury prevention week 2020

According to Government figures published in September 2019, there were 122,635 road traffic accidents in Great Britain the previous year, of which a staggering 24,836 involved fatal or serious injuries. The World Health Organization reports that approximately 1.35 million people die worldwide each year as a result of road traffic...

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Construction industry deaths on the rise

The number of deaths in the construction industry was higher than any other sector in the last financial year, new figures reveal. The Health & Safety Executive have released statistics which show that 40 people died in the construction industry in 2019/20, up from 30 the previous year. Whilst care...

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The price of love

An underwhelming valentine’s gift On and around Valentine’s Day I often think of the clients whose fatal accident cases I have settled. They may now be secure financially, but have they been able to move on and start a new life with a new partner? For me the best part...

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Falls from height

The second biggest cause of death in agriculture Whilst campaigns such as the NFU’s Farm Safety Week have done much to raise awareness of the dangers of farming, the UK’s agriculture sector has the highest workplace death and injury rate of all the main industry sectors with a fatal injury...

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Will the drink drive limit be lowered?

Less fatal road traffic collisions? In the last week the House of Lords began the process of reading a Bill, which if enacted would ultimately mean the drink drive limit would become consistent over the whole of the United Kingdom. Scotland already has a limit of 50mg alcohol in 100ml...

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Letters of Administration – a requirement for fatal injury cases?

Essential for negligence claims or an unnecessary formality? In cases where someone has died as a result of a fatal injury, those left bereft may then seek to make a claim against those responsible for the death. This could be a claim for funeral expenses, bereavement, and loss of income...

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